Let Yourself Go
"IN THESE TIMES, WE MUST HAVE USEFUL THINGS IN OUR WORLD THAT WILL PERMIT US TO RELAX. DR. DONALD LAIRD TELLS US HOW ARCHITECTURE, FURNITURE & TRANSPORTATION, ESPECIALLY THE MOTORCAR, HAVE BEEN DESIGNED TO HELP AMERICANS RELAX."
Ken Smith sez: The narrator of this film tells us "the hurry and scurry of modern life is getting a lot of us down." We are then taken into the office of the amazing Dr. Donald A. Laird (director of the Colgate University Psychology Laboratories) who looks like Svengali and, as it turns out, would have made a good concentration camp doctor. With his piercing eyes, his quack medical devices (such as the "tensionometer") and his Sphinxlike female lab assistant, Dr. Laird performs a number of novel "experiments" on hapless humans to demonstrate his theories of tension. His concluding advice? "Value the ability to make your mind a blank."
This film ends with a visit to the "House of Ideas" in Rockefeller Center, where "even the height of the steps has been scientifically determined." A chock-full-of-fun film. Similar, though superior, to Relax.
man lying on bed punching pillow, man standing over him watching, he exits frame, comes back with different pillow, he switches the two pillows, man appears to like the new pillow.
woman sitting leaning back on cushion.
woman putting on sleep mask
woman sitting on bed, looking at book on special stand.
office door indicating, "Dr. Donald A. Laird, Consulting Psychologist".
man and woman sitting behind desk; man begins to speak to camera while handing woman a device, man takes firecracker out of desk, placing it in metal box; CU man lighting fuse; MCU woman; CU fuse burning; CU hand holding device; CU meter; CU woman's face; CU firecracker exploding; CU reaction shot of woman's face; CU woman squeezing device; CU meter moving; MS man and woman behind desk; woman sets down device; man closes box, places it to side.
woman sitting on raised stool looking at camera holding device in hand; woman standing behind her holding rope, she pulls it causing stool to fall fast.
CU man's face speaking to camera
roller coaster ride shot from middle car.
MCU man speaking to camera.
woman fastening restraint around man's chest and arms, then begins to pump air into it; CU man's chest with restraint on and air being pumped into it, (meter next to him).
CU man speaking to camera, stops, begins speaking again
CU woman with eye's shut, she begins to smile.
LS kids playing ball on porch.
man sitting on chair on porch reading paper, woman comes out, approaching him, taps him shoulder, man stands up and walks into house with woman; camera tilts up to kids playing ball on porch above them; MS man sitting in chair (back of head in view) woman leaning over him, they are looking at a magazine, woman takes it, approaches another chair and sits down.
woman in kitchen wearing apron drying dishes.
boy fixing model air plane on floor
car driving down road; CU inside of car from front window, man driving car, young girl and boy also in front seat, woman in back seat.
woman sitting in chair reading magazine, approaches stairs, CU feet walking up stairs, camera tilts up to woman adjusting plant hanging off stair railing.
MS man sitting in chair reading newspaper, smoking cigar
young girl sitting down at table to play checkers with young boy.
VS car driving down dirt road, MCU inside car from front window, man driving car with young boy and girl in front seat, woman sitting in back seat behind driver, young boy is speaking to young girl, she smiles, car pulls into drive way, pulls up next to man and woman, woman is waving hello, they get into back seat, MCU man and 2 women sitting in back seat, woman leans forward speaking driver turns around, along with young girl in front.
VS woman scraping food off plate, LS woman drying glasses.
woman making bed
young boy and girl taking apart table and wall; woman arranging cushions on sofa; young boy taking home movie film projector out of closet and pulling down film screen, 2 women, 1 man sit down in front of screen while young boy starts projector; CU screen indicating CU man speaking; CU woman (weird facial expressions); CU man speaking.
LEISURE CHEVROLET AUTOMOBILES TRANSPORTATION ADVERTISING LAIRD, DONALD ARCHITECTURE FURNITURE BUILDINGS HOUSES HOMES INTERIORS RELAXATION DAILY LIFE FAMILIES WOMEN MEN Chevrolet Motor Company (sponsor) Automobiles (Chevrolet) Sleep Sleep accessories Pillows Stores (department) Relaxation Laird, Donald B.Sc. Speeches Surrealism Models Women Explosions Firecrackers Fright Fear Automobiles Automobiles (families in) Driving Families (driving) Roads Houses and homes House of Ideas (Rockefeller Center, 1939) Home movies Projectors (home movies) Home movies (family watching) Screens (motion-picture, home movie) Sons Boys Boys (projecting home movies) Interior design Tenseness Massage Modernism
Subject: You're feeling sleepy...verrrrry sleepy...
psychologist instructs on ways to relax. He starts by explaining that tension is caused by
fear of noise, fear of falling and fear of confinement. I rather suspect that, in 1940, fear
of war and fear of unemployment might have been bigger causes of tension. A goofy film the purpose of which can't even be guessed at.
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Subject: Let Yourself Go
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *****. Weirdness: *****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.